The search for a successor to former MCPS-PRS Alliance chief executive Adam Singer is over.

The U.K. collecting society today confirmed the elevation of Steve Porter to CEO, with immediate effect. Porter has served with the Alliance as managing director for the last three years.

Porter beat out more than 200 applicants for the role - a process which took over three months.

Prior to joining the Alliance in 1999 as finance director, adding operational duties the following year amid a restructuring of its management board. In January 2004, he was promoted to COO, and MD later that year. Prior to joining the society, he held senior management roles in the record industry and with accountancy giant Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in London.

"It's a privilege to lead the Music Alliance on behalf of our 50,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members," commented Porter in a statement issued today. "We face incredible opportunities and huge challenges as we seek to transform the collective rights management industry within the dramatically changing landscape of the wider music industry."

The respective chairmen of the Performing Right Society and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society welcomed Porter to the role.

"Throughout the exhaustive search process, Steve was the outstanding candidate," comments PRS chairman and joint chairman of the Music Alliance, Ellis Rich.

Rich's counterpart at the MCPS, Tom Bradley, added: "Steve's credentials coupled with his proven track record of working with our customers, members and other societies globally, make him the perfect choice to help us reach our full potential."

Porter succeeds Singer, a former TV executive, who unexpectedly quit last November after just 18 months' service. MCPS-PRS executives were said to be secretly infuriated with the timing of Singer's departure, which coincided with the conclusion of the Alliance's Copyright Tribunal battle with the BPI over online royalty rates.

Porter takes charge of an organization which counts 50,000 composers, songwriters and music publisher members in the United Kingdom, and "many thousands more" globally, according to the Alliance. Just one month ago, the society reported "best-ever" revenues for the year 2006, with collections above £545 million ($1.067 billion).